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pulse look One wild ride at PuSh fest Page 13 Friday, January 25, 2013 West Van: 128 pages North Van: 104 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! rev Prom perfect Page 25 2013 Mitsubishi RVR Page 43 Voted Canada’s Best Community Newspaper Port approves Neptune coal expansion Export capacity to double but will not increase off-terminal coal dust: Neptune Jeremy Shepherd NEPTUNE Terminals can likely double the amount of steelmaking coal being handled at its North Vancouver location following Wednesday’s Port Metro Vancouver decision to approve a major upgrade. Moving from exporting nine million tonnes of metallurgical coal to 18 million tonnes required a 12-metre tall dumper, conveyors, and a new, longer shiploader boom that Neptune applied for last June. The new equipment is designed to allow coal trains to be unloaded faster at the terminal and is expected to create 185 permanent jobs. The upgrades will likely mean one extra train coming into the terminal each day, and an extra two ships every three weeks. The trains will likely be 152 cars long, as opposed to the 126-car trains currently used at the terminal. The primary objections to the upgrade were global environmental concerns and local worries about carcinogenic coal dust. “It’s our job to keep the coal that we handle on our terminal,” said Jim Belsheim, president of Neptune Terminals. Neptune deals with changing weather conditions by utilizing three micro-weather stations that judge wind and humidity See We page 3 Film industry worries attract thousands to rally Christine Lyon LOCAL actor and producer Rob LaBelle was among the estimated 4,000-plus people who attended a rally at North Shore Studios Tuesday night in a united bid to save the declining B.C. film industry. Snow pack NEWS photo Paul McGrath CANADIAN army reservists with the Seaforth Highlanders infantry regiment and local army cadets prepare for an overnight winter exercise on Mount Seymour Saturday. Guided by North Shore Rescue team members, the 45 soldier strong contingent practised safety and avalanche drills as well as winter camping. “I’m very pessimistic about the future of the industry here if the status quo remains,” said LaBelle, an Ambleside resident and executive in charge of television at Foundation Features, which is currently producing the CTV crime show Motive. Like many B.C. film industry professionals, LaBelle is worried about the impact of a 2009 change, when the Ontario and Quebec governments increased the tax credits offered to foreign movie projects. “These last three years were particularly disturbingly slow as an actor,” LaBelle said. “I know many actors who have moved to Toronto.” See Minister page 3 MR. PET’S EVERYTHING FOR YOUR PET 201 Bewicke Ave 778-340-1102 THE ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR PETS.

North Shore News January 25 2013

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